On August 2, DaBaby posted a statement on Instagram apologizing for the homophobic remarks he made at Rolling Loud Miami last month.
“I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made,” DaBaby wrote in the post, referring to homophobic comments he made on July 25.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” he requested from the audience at Rolling Loud.
“Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up,” he said. “Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up.”
As of Sunday (Aug 8), the apology statement has been removed from his account, as first noted by Vulture.
After being dropped from the Lollapalooza Music Festival on August 1, DaBaby posted a statement on social media the following day apologizing for his initial controversial comments. Governors Ball followed suit shortly after, removing DaBaby from the lineup. The rapper was also pulled from November’s Day N Vegas, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Music Midtown, and September’s iHeartRadio Music Festival.
On July 27, DaBaby pushed back against criticisms he received by claiming that people living with HIV have “the right to be upset,” but he “ain’t trippin” on the LGBTQ community and that his comments were “digested” wrong.
Just days later, the rapper released a new single called “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give,” where he raps: “Bitch, we like AIDS, I’m on your ass, we on your ass, bitch, we won’t go ‘way.” In the music video, he is seen holding up a sign that says “AIDS” and then shots two men with pistols in the accompanying video. At the end of the video, he called out LGBTQ people hurt by his comments with the message “DONT FIGHT HATE WITH HATE” written in rainbow colors.
While several performers such as Elton John and Madonna slammed DaBaby’s comments, Miley Cyrus came to his defense. She claimed in a post to Instagram that “the internet” was to blame for DaBaby’s loss of business opportunities and that LGBTQ people should not “cancel” him.
For many who viewed DaBaby’s “apology” as disingenuous, the apparent removal of his apology has only confirmed their initial suspicions.
I am fascinated by how this man and the people who work for him seem to be wholly INCAPABLE of making good decisions. https://t.co/ULx7ssB0Fz
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) August 8, 2021
His PR team posted it and he deleted it. We knew it wasn’t written by him. He is and always will be canceled
— Paul ✱ BLM (@selenastan18) August 8, 2021
— Eric Targaryen-The Pfizer Papi (@mndspeak) August 9, 2021
he was still getting booted from festivals so he took it back 🤣 https://t.co/OPjVtbDhRf
— Big Nik 🌈🇯🇲 (@NikTeezy) August 9, 2021